For many, Thanksgiving means an extra long weekend to enjoy time with friends and family. Whether you want to catch a game, enjoy beautiful lights, see a show or meet up with Santa Claus, our list includes 17 great activities to try this weekend in Tulsa, OKC and around the state.


In Tulsa

Photo courtesy Rhema

Rhema Christmas Lights – Through Jan. 1

Over two million lights adorn the grounds of Rhema Bible Church every night from Thanksgiving Eve to New Year’s Day. The show begins Wednesday night at 6 p.m. rhemalights.org

Photo by Amatucci Photography courtesy Utica Square

Lights On – Nov. 28

You won’t want to miss the Lights On event at Utica Square on Nov. 28, with an awesome display of holiday lights and an appearance from Santa Claus. The lights turn on at 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay up for the season. uticasquare.com

Photo by Steve Diamond

USA BMX Grand National Pro Series Final – Nov. 28-Dec. 1

Enjoy professional bicycle motocross athletes competing for top prizes at Expo Square. usabmx.com

Photo courtesy Tulsa Botanic Garden

Garden of Lights – Nov. 29-Jan. 5

View dazzling lights at Tulsa Botanic Garden. Lights turn on at 5 p.m. every Thursday-Sunday through Jan. 5. tulsabotanic.org

Photo courtesy Tulsa PAC

Grady Nichols Christmas Show – Nov. 30

Saxophonist Grady Nichols and friends present the coolest and smoothest concert of the season at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. tulsapac.com

Photo courtesy Tulsa Oilers

Tulsa Oilers Hockey – Nov. 30, Dec. 1

Cheer the city’s hockey team during a bevy of home games at the BOK Center. bokcenter.com

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In OKC

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OKC Thunder Basketball – Nov. 29, Dec. 1

The state’s only major professional team hosts regular-season NBA games against the New Orleans Pelicans this Friday and Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. chesapeakearena.com

Photo courtesy Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Presents: Lyric’s A Christmas Carol – Nov. 29-Dec. 24

Go on a magical journey to Lyric at the Plaza with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. lyrictheatreokc.com

Photo courtesy Red Earth Art Center

Fifth Annual Red Earth Treefest – Through Jan. 3

Red Earth Treefest features 19 native tribes from Oklahoma in this annual holiday event at the Red Earth Art Center. They create handmade ornaments and art objects to highlight their distinct cultures. redearth.org

Photo courtesy Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership

Downtown in December – Though Feb. 2

The month dazzles in Oklahoma City’s downtown with Downtown in December, an extravaganza replete with ice skating, a holiday run, a free water-taxi and performing arts.

“Rooster Cogburn” costume and custom Winchester Model 1892 used by John Wayne in True Grit (1969), John Wayne Family Collection, 2002.242, 1979.10.192. Photo courtesy National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Two Grits: A Peek Behind the Eyepatch – Through March 15

Two Grits: A Peek Behind the Eyepatch at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum examines similarities and differences in the two versions of the film True Grit. nationalcowboymuseum.org


Around the State

Photo courtesy of the OSU Museum of Art

Final Friday Art Crawl – Nov. 29

Inspired by First Friday events in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, this lively art crawl in Downtown Stillwater is on the final Friday of every month and celebrates the art culture of the community. museum.okstate.edu

Photo courtesy Three Rivers Museum

Polar Express Pajama Party – Nov. 29-Dec. 7

All aboard the Polar Express from this family-friendly event by the Roxy Theater at the Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee. 3riversmuseum.com

Pollard Theatre Presents: It’s a Wonderful Life: A live Radio Play – Nov. 29-Dec. 22

This beloved American holiday classic is re-imagined as a live 1940s radio broadcast at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie. thepollard.org

Photo courtesy Choctaw Casino and Resort

Reba McEntire – Nov. 30

Enjoy a rowdy country concert at Choctaw Casino and Resort with Kiowa High school’s most famous graduate. choctawcasinos.com

Photo courtesy Historic Downtown Guthrie

Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Celebration – Nov. 30-Dec. 14

The celebrations have four main events in the Historic District Downtown Guthrie: opening night, the Distinctive Homes tour, the Victorian Walks and numerous theatrical performances. guthriesterritorialchristmas.com

Photo courtesy Chickasha Festival of Light

Chickasha Festival of Light – Through Dec. 31

For 27 years, the Festival of Light, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization, has transformed 43 acres of Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha into a magnificent display during the holidays. chickashafestivaloflight.org

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